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Fluoride Varnish Training for Health-Care Professionals

Physicians and qualified personnel seeking to apply fluoride varnish to MassHealth children under the age of 21 are required to complete a MassHealth-approved training program.

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The Details of Fluoride Varnish Training for Health-Care Professionals

What you need for Fluoride Varnish Training for Health-Care Professionals

Physicians and qualified personnel, including nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, physician assistants, and medical assistants, will need to complete the following:

  1. a MassHealth-approved office-based training
  2. a MassHealth-approved self-administered Web-based training

Physicians and qualified personnel must maintain proof of completion of the training (CME credit documentation or certificate - information will follow) and provide such documentation to MassHealth upon request.

MassHealth Training Information

MassHealth has approved an office-based and online training program for physicians and qualified personnel to apply fluoride varnish to eligible MassHealth members.

Physicians and qualified personnel are to complete both prior to implementation.

For questions about either training modality, please contact Flor Piedrasanta, DentaQuest, Outreach Coordinator/MassHealth Dental Program at Flor.Piedrasanta@dentaquest.com or 617-886-1797.

How to enroll Fluoride Varnish Training for Health-Care Professionals

Office-based Training

From the First Tooth, in collaboration with the MassHealth Dental program, provides training that uses the Smiles for Life curriculum and provides hands-on training on the application of fluoride varnish and assistance with office flow and billing. One CME credit is available upon completion of the Smiles for Life training, as described below. To schedule training, contact Flor Piedrasanta, DentaQuest Outreach Coordinator/MassHealth Dental Program, Flor.Piedrasanta@dentaquest.com or 617-886-1797.

Web-based Training

The Smiles for Life, a National Oral Health Program, is endorsed by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. (One CME credit is available through the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) upon completion.) Go to http://www.smilesforlifeoralhealth.org for a web-based training program that includes an online course. (Select "Learn Online" and click on Course 6.) 

  • Upon completion of the training, participants must retain a copy of the Smiles for Life certificate of completion.

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Implementing Fluoride Varnish in Your Office

Once on-line training is completed, physicians and qualified personnel may schedule an in-office visit with the MassHealth outreach coordinator to reinforce how to implement the use of fluoride varnish in your office and how to bill for the service. To schedule an in-office visit, contact the outreach coordinator directly at Flor.Piedrasanta@dentaquest.com or 617-886-1797.

Additional Information and Resources for Using Fluoride Varnish in Your Practice

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